'Tis the season of giving and what better way to give back than looking good while doing it? The fashion company Otrera is teaming up with VH1 Save the Music Foundation for the End of the World (predicted by the Mayans to be 12/21/12) by launching a new line of protective and playful scarves. The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. 10% of all sales will benefit the organization.
Flannel shirts, denim jackets, and puffer vests, oh my! As the weather transitions from maxi dress and jeweled sandals to wool coat with over-the-knee boots, we need to adjust our wardrobes accordingly. Classic American is back in a big way, and here are some ways to honor the U.S. of A with your look and stay within your budget:
1. Fur-trimmed hoodie puffer vest from Gap – Ah, the classic American styles of the Gap. A perfect place to go for standard wardrobe staples and with the weather rapidly starting to dip, a nice fur-trim vest is just what the doctor ordered.
For awhile now, my love affair with scarves has grown. At this point, I'm pretty sure I've reached the "full-blown obsession" status.
In my tiny apartment I have one whole drawer dedicated to my scarf collection and lately, it seems like I may have to add another. Now this may not sound like a lot but to anyone living in an NYC or environs apartment knows that a whole drawer is serious real estate.
Everywhere I go, I need to buy a scarf. Even today at the office I'm sitting here with my Alice by Temperley black, red, and white scarf and It. Is. Awesome.
And I am not alone, I notice that at least three of my colleagues today are also decked out in some great neckwear.
The annual challenge of transitioning from winter to the temperamental New England spring is here once again, and I've hit the streets to see how Bostonians are striking a balance between the cold, wet mornings and the warm and sunny afternoons with clever layers and unique fabric combinations.
The verdict: It's all about the scarf.
Cute sweaters, nice boots and bright colors look great together, but it's the scarf that finishes off the look, and these two girls know just what I mean. Sue Bousaba and Chelsea Briner moved up to Boston from the South for their jobs with major food distribution companies, but they were no country bumpkins in their colorful, fitted cardies and flattering dark blue jeans. Sue, 24, was working the solids with her vibrant green sweater and a hot pink and orange scarf that popped against her dark hair. Her grey boots were the perfect neutral to tone the colors down a bit. Chelsea, 23, on the other hand went for the ever-popular florals of blue and magenta for her early Spring look. The blue scarf made her eyes pop, and she wore flared jeans over heels to balance out the entire look. Though both girls claim they don't follow fashion closely, they seemed not too far off the mark with their bright Spring scarves.
Timo Weiland told a story of yesteryear and brought the simple styles of classic America to the stage as fresh designs in a noteworthy installation. The style of the tweed skinny pant alongside a matching jacket illustrated the designer's talent for superb craftsmanship while skillfully designing for an audience as well as plotline. In mixing the natural colors of browns and grays, Weiland sought to give a bit of humor to his collection with a juxtaposed full-on red suit designed as a eye-popping centerpiece.
Ideally, I'd like to braid Hermès scarves into my hair, too; but that would require a billionaire boyfriend and a miracle from Naomi Campbell's hairstylist. But enough about her - Karlie Kloss is relinquishing her supremacy over Vogue editorials in order to take over the Spring 2010 campaigns for Hermes and Dior. What is a 17-year-old supermodel supposed to do with all of her glamorous earnings? Get her driver's license and a silver Land Rover, of course. I hear she's enjoying every minute of being a ‘"normal" teen - that is, until she takes her best gal pals down the magazine aisle.